New data spanning back to the 1940s will take people on a culinary tour through the decades – giving a glimpse into kitchens of the past
The UKs’ food history revealed through five generations ‘A bit of nostalgia?’
New data spanning back to the 1940s will take people on a culinary tour through the decades – giving a glimpse into kitchens of the past. For the first time official records of what people ate and how they survived during rationing has been published by Defra. They show 1940s Brits ate seasonally and bought food from butchers, bakers and grocers rather than supermarkets.
On the 1 September 2016 Defra has published the oldest versions of the survey reports from the 1940s when Britain’s food supply was controlled by rations to the 1970s when technology had advanced and kitchens were equipped with freezers.
Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has said ‘This is more than just cosy nostalgia – everyone now has access to this hoard of rich data which shows how technology and social change have transformed our diets over five generations. While foodie fads have come and gone, it’s interesting to have seen a recent revival of fresh, British grown, seasonal foods – though today it is through choice, unlike the necessity of the 40s and 50s.
The Great British Food Campaign championing British produce
The Great British Food Campaign is all about championing British produce, at home and abroad, and highlighting the exciting and diverse regional cuisine all around the country. It’s also about backing our world leading food and farming industry that already generates £100 billion for our economy and employs one in eight people. In my role as Environment Secretary I will be doing all I can to make sure the industry goes from strength to strength.’
The survey was mainly directed at workers living in urban areas at first, but in 1950 it was expanded to be a national survey.
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